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Important reading: Diane Ravitch on Common Core

h/t TEANewYork – Diane Ravitch, the education historian who has become the leader of the movement against corporate-influenced school reform, gave this speech to the Modern Language Association on Jan. 11 about the past, present and future of the Common Core State Standards.

What are the Common Core standards? Who produced them? Why are they controversial? How did their adoption happen so quickly?

Here’s her (must read) speech…

More states delay Common Core testing as concerns grow

”But the opposition has grown, from the left, the right and the middle, expressing different concerns about the Core and its implementation.”

Massachusetts and Louisiana, both seen as important in the world of school reform, have decided to delay the implementation of high-stakes standardized tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards in the face of growing concern about the initiative. The two states follow nearly 10 others — including Florida, the pioneer of corporate-influenced school reform — to slow or rethink Core implementation, actions coming amid a growing movement led by educators and parents who have become skeptical of the standards and the new related standardized tests…

“You think the Obamacare implementation is bad? The implementation of the Common Core is far worse.” More…


In 2012, 45 states were coerced by the federal government into adopting the unproven and untested Common Core standards in ELA and math, along with the companion assessments being developed by PARCC and SBAC. Despite the claims that these new standards are not a curriculum, it is the actual tests that have become the de-facto national curriculum. Because of this, ‘test prep’ has become the new normal in grade 3 to 8 classrooms all across the country. Teachers, administrators, and especially parents do not like what their kids are telling them about this new wave of test-based reform. The current test prep regime is inflicting immeasurable harm to students and demoralizing their teachers. We do not want to create a generation of students who hate school because of these data driven policies. Our children are not data points for others to profit from.

Teachers, administrators, and parents now stand together, to say NO to punitive Common Core, test-based reform…



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